Blossoming Life

“I will not die an unlived life. I will not live in fear of falling or catching fire. I choose to inhabit my days, to allow my living to open me, to make me less afraid, more accessible, to loosen my heart until it becomes a wing, a torch, a promise. I choose to risk my significance; to live so that which comes to me as seed goes to the next as blossom and that which comes to me as blossom, goes on as fruit.”

Dawna Markova

Joy in the Intangibles

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The cause of true joy is not found in anything visible or tangible; nothing causes it, it's simply the sensation of existing as a soul and spirit. So, instead of waiting to possess something or someone before you can experience joy, do the opposite: rejoice simply in the existence of people and things for, in this joy they give you, you have the feeling they belong to you. The only things that truly belong to you are those that give you joy. Your possessions, on the other hand, do not necessarily give you much joy.

Everything that brings you joy you possess, and much more than if you owned it. There is so much joy to be felt before the beauty of nature, a sunrise, or a starry sky! And yet they are not physically yours. So, the most important thing is not your ownership of anything but your capacity to experience joy.
--Omraam Mikhaël Aïvanhov

Luminous Harmony

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You cannot evolve and truly blossom spiritually unless you consciously work on forming a collective ambience of harmony, love, peace and light, in which everyone will breathe and be nourished. The only ambiance which can be of benefit to each person is one in which love and harmony are almost tangible and palpable. But to be capable of creating this harmony you must enter into relationship with the pure luminous forces circulating throughout space; as long as you have not succeeded in doing that you will continue to be exposed to the shocks and accidents of the physical world, and of the psychic world even more so.

 So the only real work that's worth doing is to think day and night of harmonizing yourself with cosmic forces. Eventually, you will feel that anything negative in you is leaving you and that you are contributing more and more each day to the coming of light and peace in the world.

-- Omraam Mikhaël Aïvanhov

Share the Joy

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When the spiritual life brings you moments of peace, joy and wonder, you must not keep them for yourself. Devote at least a few minutes to sharing something of these privileged states by means of your thoughts. Think of all the beings in the world who are in anguish and despair. Focus your thoughts on them and say: 'Dear brothers and sisters throughout the world, what I possess is so beautiful, so luminous, that I want to share it with you. Receive some of this beauty; take some of this light!' 

Since you know that your state of mind generates waves that spread out into the world, do not keep your happiness for yourself; share it with others. Not only will you be doing them good, you will also amplify these states in yourself. Yes, this is a magical phenomenon. The best way to hold on to your joy is to share it. 
-- Omraam Mikhaël Aïvanhov

I came into the Scarritt Bennett garden at just the perfect time. The sun was sinking behind the trees and the light turned the iris into a living lamp. I'm sharing the joy of this iris with you.... 

Christmas Treasures

Advent is primarily about the coming of God, and only in a secondary way about our asking, seeking, waiting, and longing. There is hope, because we are unconditionally loved, whatever may be our failures, our tepidity, or our secret despair.
Maria Boulding

 

Hope

Hope, like a gleaming taper’s light,
Adorns and cheers our way;
And still, as darker grows the night,
Emits a brighter ray.

Oliver Goldsmith

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The Yule trees and the dreams all children dream
The tremulous glow of candles in rows
The gold and silver of angels and globes
And the splendor of tinsel and toys under trees.
Boris Pasternak

 

Our religion is one which challenges the ordinary human standards by holding that the ideal of life is the spirit of a little child. We tend to glorify adulthood and wisdom and worldly prudence, but the Gospel reverses all this. The Gospel says that the inescapable condition of entrance into the divine fellowship is that we turn and become as a little child.
Elton Trueblood